Aug 14 2011

Hello New York!

Last day in Hong Kong, we got a blue sky dotted with white clouds. I got my swim in. This year, the club at Jennie’s complex charges HK$10 per session on weekday and $15 on weekend. In the morning, we went to 尖沙咀 Tsim Sha Tsui again. Stores open pretty late, at 11 or even 12.

I haven’t been able to reserve seats on the flight home, and the prospect isn’t sunny: only few extra leg room seats were available at additional US$100 each. I actually don’t like the extra leg room seat. On my last long flight home I got one (without paying for it, or unaware ..) and I was happy to exchange to a regular seat. When I got to the Terminal 1, I had problem to check in from the kiosk. However, the counter clerk was able to get us two separate window seats. Hmmmmmmm … I wondered how could they find seats when the chart showed none were available.
“.. there are canceled seats, such as customers on a delayed fight .. ”
Whatever or whichever.

Again, the airline, checked our carry-ons before the gate, claiming it was the requirement of the US Government. Didn’t we finished off Bin Laden?

Pump and I sat separately. After the dinner, I dosed off to sleep. When I wake up, there was only little two hours left to New York. I was happy!
We landed on time. However, the immigration was a long long wait. After we waited on line for about 10 minutes, an older Chinese woman with few kids came from behind. Pushed us aside and walked pass us. First I thought they were joining the rest of the family ahead of us. But they stopped few spots in front of us, by themselves. Then an old Chinese man did the same, joining them. Hmmmmm… the lousy line cutters. With kids in toe. Good example. When it were their turn to go to the immigration officer, and airport/immigration staff checked their passports and sent them elsewhere. They waited on the wrong line. Chinese respect their elders but what do we do when the elders don’t know how to respect themselves?


Aug 12 2011

The exchange rate


Yesterday I exchanged 200 RMB for HK$223.8 at the rate of 1.119 at Hong Kong Exchange, one of many little windows at the shopping areas.


Aug 12 2011

What did Citi Bank do?

Not sure what did Citi Group do to warren this protest in Hong Kong. Actually I saw this in my last year travel there too. Due to Lehman Brothers? I couldn’t remember the third picture was about Citi or someone else.
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Aug 12 2011

Star Ferry

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Aug 11 2011

Auntie Jennie

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Aug 11 2011

Hong Kong

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Aug 10 2011

Victorian Home 老洋房

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Victorian Home Garden Restaurant 上海老洋房 (lao yangfang)
No 27 ShaoXing Road, 绍兴路 27号 (one way street, from 陕西南路 South Shaanxi Lu );
Phone: 21.6433.1010; 6433.3506

I discovered this Laoyangfang as I was exiting the Old China Hand Reading Room next door, also using the 27 ShaoXing Road. This garden house was built by the prominent Shanghai gangster Du Yuensheng 杜月笙 for his fourth wife, an opera singer. Du was famous for his mild manner and passion for opera, among few other notable characters.

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When Yishi called to make a reservation, she was told it’s fully booked. I liked it so Pump and I went there at 5:30. The manager said,
“Oh, I only one table, it might be too small, why don’t you take a look?”
It’s a corner table, looking out to the deck and gold fish, with four settings. Guess it’s ok for three, no?
上海本帮菜 .. means causal meal, but now many people enjoy it to a point, it became a cuisine. I don’t like Shanghai cooking for it’s too oily and sweet. But I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner there, small portion and good presentation, and yes, they’re delicious.

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Aug 10 2011

Shanghai Tianzifang 田字坊

A pretty bohemia place
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Aug 10 2011

Shanghai 大上海

Hu 沪 is the most populous city in the world with 24 mil residents, as of 2015 (New York City’s 8.5 million).

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Aug 10 2011

Hair cut in Shanghai

I just can’t believe my nose for a good hair salon – have an hour to kill before dinner in the French Concession, we came up on this place, ¥7. I never fuss with my hair must be the reason.

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